Have you picked out your Thanksgiving cards? It's never too early to get a head start on your holiday prep. If you're planning on having little ones visit your humble home for Thanksgiving this year, consider putting them at a table of their own. After all, the pace of an adult meal can often be much slower than the kiddos'. When your family and friends are engaging in conversation, it's likely that the children will get bored or restless, which can mean trouble. Thankfully, you can create a kiddie table that is just as stylish as the adults'. We have a few ideas that you and your guests will love:
Use art place mats
Keep your lovely little ones busy with kraft paper place mats. These mix well with a fall color palette, and the kids can use them to draw to their hearts' desire. Place a few cups of crayons or colored pencils in the middle of the table and let them go to work. You could also choose to cover the entire table with kraft paper rather than offering individual placemats.
Create headdress napkin holders
Putting a small favor at each place setting can get the kids excited about the holiday. Wrap each napkin with twill tape, then cut a small hole in the middle of the tape. Insert a feather of your choice, then stitch the hole to keep the feather in place. The twill tape can be loosely tied around the napkins for a decorative piece.
Opt for shatterproof plates
It's best for the adults to handle the fine china. Instead, offer the children shatterproof plates. This dinnerware can be just as beautiful as the adult plates, but you won't have to worry about them breaking throughout the evening.
Host craft time
While the adults are bonding over a slice of pumpkin pie and some coffee, let the little ones access their creative side. Set out colorful construction paper, markers, glue sticks and safety scissors and have the kids create a cutout of their own hand. On the cutout they can write down all of the things they're thankful for. Offer plenty of feathers and pipe cleaners to use to decorate the hands. When they're done, arrange the paper hands into a Thanksgiving tree on a piece of poster board.
Use kid-friendly centerpieces
Make the centerpieces for the kid's table fun and welcoming. Turn an ordinary pumpkin into a festive turkey with a few sheets of construction paper. Use the paper to cut out a turkey head, beak, wings and feathers. Tape the paper feathers vertically to the back of the pumpkin so they fan out. Then tape the head and wings at the other end of the pumpkin to create your turkey. You can even ask the kids to join in on the crafty fun on the day of the event.
Offer themed snacks
Draw the children to the kids' table with some fun Thanksgiving-themed snacks. Lay a few waffle cones on their sides to resemble cornucopias, then fill them with an assortment of nuts and candy corn for the perfect combination of salty and sweet.